Community Kitchen Academy celebrates Feb 1 graduation in Burlington

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Community Kitchen Academy celebrates Feb 1 graduation in Burlington

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CEFS) are excited to announce the 24th graduation ceremony for the Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) program in Burlington. Through this intensive culinary job training program, students develop and apply new skills by cooking with donated food from the community. They work closely with instructors to transform this food and create meals that are then distributed back to neighbors facing hunger, all while gaining valuable job skills.

“Each student is passionate about food and that is reflected in their cooking,” says CKA Chef Instructor Jim Logan. “I am confident they will have an impact on the community.”

Since its inception, Community Kitchen Academy at CEFS has graduated 167 students and boasts a 91% success rate, which is defined as students graduating and finding employment or going on to further educational opportunities. 

“Each of these students has spent the past 12 weeks pushing themselves to learn all that they can,” said Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “Their hard work has given them each a valuable new skill set that will change their lives and the lives of other families. We are truly impressed with all that they have achieved.”

When:                  Thursday, February 1, 2018   


Where:                Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

                                228 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT

Graduation Speaker:  Adam Raftery, Kitchen Director, Waterworks Food & Drink 

Reception to follow featuring hors d’oeuvres from recipes developed by graduating students.

About Community Kitchen Academy

Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) is a statewide program of the Vermont Foodbank that operates in partnership with Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington. The Mission of CKA is to prepare underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for a career in the food service industry and lifelong learning through an intensive program of culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement. Students actively develop and apply new skills by creating wholesome meals for those at risk of hunger using food that has been gathered from within our communities that may otherwise go to waste.

Source: 1.31.2018